Here it is late Winter 2017 and I am thinking about baseball. The Super Bowl is over and the NBA season is slowly grinding to completion. Spring Training has begun and my thoughts are turning to baseball. I am sure that Chicago Cubs fans are still basking in the afterglow of winning The World Series. I am happy for them, it is a great feeling
My team, the New York Yankees, has not won The World Series since 2009. Overall the team has played just okay baseball over the last few seasons. Despite that I miss baseball. I miss baseball talk on sports talk radio. I miss checking box scores and team standings every day. I miss watching the day’s highlights and top ten plays. I miss baseball period, it is the one sport that I love.
I must confess. I really did not follow the Yankees very much last season. After Derek Jeter retired in 2014 the team felt so very different. It did not feel like my team anymore. There were still a lot of familiar names and faces. But there also seemed to be as many new names and faces. And for the first time in a long time I could not always put the name to a face. My struggling team were strangers to me.
As the new season approaches I am finding myself getting excited for my team again. I do not know a lot of the names and faces, but I am excited to get to know them. I am eager to see what this new and mostly young team can do this year and the next year and so on.
As Winter 2017 prepares to turn into Spring I grow more and more excited. The early goings of Spring Training bring new hopes and new opportunities. The start of the 2017 season is weeks away. Regardless of what teams win this year, except for the hated Boston Red Sox, I know that it will be a good season. It will be even better if my team is in the heat of a pennant race in September. What an exciting time for a baseball fan. Let’s Play Ball!!!!!
A HUGE congratulations to the 2016 Chicago Cubs for winning the World Series. What a great time to be a baseball fan. During the course of the last fifteen World Series ten different teams have won the title. In that span the San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox have won three times and the St. Louis Cardinals have won it twice. Of late it would seem that from year to year just about any team can be the winner.
Congrats to Joe Maddon for winning a World Series ring. This is his second ring, but his first as a manager. He won his first in 2002 serving as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Anaheim Angels. He did guide the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays to their first, and only, World Series appearance. Unfortunately for him they lost in five games to a superior Philadelphia Phillies team. Over the last several years Maddon has proven himself to be one of the better managers in baseball. This win with The Cubs was hard earned and well deserved.
Kudos to Chicago Cubs President of baseball operations Theo Epstein. Epstein now has a special place in baseball history. He had a hand in helping bring World Series titles to two long suffering, and alleged cursed, franchises. First to the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and now in 2016 to the Chicago Cubs.
Now that the 2016 Major League Baseball season is over all of us baseball fans can look to 2017 with a clean slate. Perhaps 2017 will be the year that our team brings home a World Series title. In the meantime I am very happy for the Chicago Cubs and their fans.
As the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins, I have a confession to make. Let me start by saying that I have been a fan of the New York Yankees for most of my life. I am going to make a confession that may infuriate some fellow fans and confuse others. If the Yankees never win the World Series again, in my lifetime, I am okay with it. Some may question my loyalty as a fan, based on this statement, but let me explain. From 1995 to 2015 the Yankees went to the playoffs almost every year, missing only three years. They played in seven World Series and won five of them . That is an embarrassment of riches. I have witnessed a great deal of amazing playoff baseball in my lifetime. Many fans have yet to see their team win a championship. Some fans have never seen their favorite team even make it to the World Series. Another confession, deep down I would love to see the Yankees win it all every year, but that’s not realistic and it is a bit greedy. I have seen enough winning baseball to last me a lifetime. That being said, let’s go Yanks!!!